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George Landells (? -1871)

William Strutt - Portrait of George Landells
Parliamentary Library of Victoria

Landells was engaged in the horse trade between Australia and India, and was well placed to import camels on his return trips.

On the basis of his expertise with camels, he was originally appointed second-in-command to Burke, and even received a higher salary. His personality, however, was unsuited to his position, and particularly to a leader like Burke.

Jealous of his authority over the camels, and hypersensitive to any encroachment upon it, he clashed with Burke over their management and resigned shortly before the expedition arrived in Menindie.